Though it may seem counterintuitive to pile on exercises to heal people recovering from injury, that?s exactly what SportsPlus founder and president Ed Le Cara aims to do. He?s a PhD candidate in athletic training, former frontline medic for the army, current medical and science consultant with 24 Hour Fitness, and is certified by the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, among others. Armed with a staggering slew of futuristic equipment?such as the functional movement screen?Dr. Le Cara builds practical exercise routines that help people speed through rehab or prevent injuries altogether.
Le Cara works with a staff of injury prevention and rehabilitation experts whose qualifications include chiropractic and athletic training. Their services range from the expected?gait analysis and massage therapy to get postures in line and ease pain?to the esoteric, such as an antigravity treadmill and underwater chiropractics that give exercise routines to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to work out.
The physician-supervised and highly trained staff at Norcal Medical focuses its energies on weight-loss treatments, dermal fillers, and Botox sessions. They consult with clients to find the best of five injectables to firm and hydrate their skin. Their medical-weight-loss center finds slimming strategies to suit clients of all ages, and Zerona laser liposuction helps achieve the results that diet, exercise, and constant fidgeting can't accomplish. Each painless treatment results in no redness, swelling, or downtime for clients, who can have the procedure done during their lunch breaks. Dr. Lana Burkhead presides over the clinic's celebrations of youth.
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From behind Gamma Salon's futuristic, chocolate-hued salon chairs, skilled stylists attend to manes with Kérastase, L'Oréal Professional, Inoa, and Schwarzkopf products. Before the first snip, they consult with clients to determine the best cuts and hues to complement face shapes, lifestyles, and humidity levels inside spacesuits. Additionally, stylists texturize hair with perms, add volume and length with extensions, and soften and unwind curls with relaxer treatments.
Signature Service: Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Hot Stone
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
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